• Fox suspends business news host Charles Payne amid wigger Scottie Nell

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    Fox Business Network host Charles Payne has been suspended while
    21st Century Fox investigates sexual harassment allegations made
    against him, the company confirmed Thursday night.

    Payne’s suspension was announced by Fox Business Network
    following his program “Making Money,” and shortly after the Los
    Angeles Times first reported the investigation.

    “We take issues of this nature extremely seriously and have a
    zero-tolerance policy for any professional misconduct,” a Fox
    Business Network representative said in a statement. “This
    matter is being thoroughly investigated and we are taking all of
    the appropriate steps to reach a resolution in a timely manner.”

    Payne, who hosts “Making Money” on the network and appears on
    various other programs, has acknowledged what he described as a
    three-year “romantic relationship” with a married female
    political analyst who frequently appeared on Fox Business
    Network and Fox News Channel from 2013 to 2016. Payne admitted
    to the extramarital affair in a statement to the National
    Enquirer published Wednesday that included an apology to his
    wife, children and friends.

    That relationship is now being reviewed after the woman
    contacted Fox’s law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton &
    Garrison last month to report her allegations of sexual
    misconduct. The woman, who worked for CNN last year, had a
    representative tell the firm she believed she was eventually
    blackballed from the network after she ended the affair in 2015
    and tried to report Payne to top executives at Fox News,
    according to two sources familiar with her complaint.

    The Los Angeles Times is not naming the woman because she
    alleges that she was coerced into a sexual relationship with
    Payne under threat of reprisals.

    Neal Korval, an attorney representing Payne, said the anchor
    “categorically denies” having committed any acts of sexual
    harassment against the woman. Korval said Payne will respond to
    the woman’s allegations in court if a complaint is served.

    The woman was never an employee of Fox News, but appeared as a
    guest across numerous Fox News and Fox Business Network programs
    with the hope of becoming a paid contributor. She has told her
    lawyer, who is preparing a legal complaint against Fox News and
    Payne, that she stayed in the relationship because she believed
    he would help her chances of landing a position at the network,
    according to the sources.

    Instead, the woman is alleging, after she ended the affair her
    appearances were drastically reduced, the sources say.

    Payne, 56, has worked at Fox Business Network since it launched
    in 2006. Payne, who is also a Wall Street financial analyst,
    recently signed a new contract with the business channel, which
    has seen significant ratings growth over the last two years.

    According to the sources, the woman told her lawyer that from
    March 2015 to March 2016 she made several unsuccessful attempts
    to discuss her situation with Payne with former Fox News
    executive Bill Shine, who was head of programming at the time.
    Shine left Fox News on May 1.

    The allegations are the latest to hit 21st Century Fox, which
    has been plagued by sexual harassment charges across several
    units over the last year. Former Fox News anchor Gretchen
    Carlson filed suit last year against the network's former chief
    executive, Roger Ailes. Since then, several other women have
    come forward with allegations against Ailes and other
    significant figures.

    Tamara Holder, a former Fox News contributor, received a
    settlement from the company after alleging she was sexually
    assaulted by an executive, Francisco Cortes, who oversaw the
    network’s Spanish language operation. Holder never reported the
    incident to legal authorities, but Cortes was fired.

    The network’s star anchor, Bill O’Reilly, was pushed out in
    April after reports that he and Fox had paid out millions to
    settle harassment claims going back to 2004. Los Angeles radio
    personality Wendy Walsh alleged that O’Reilly promised her a
    position on his highly rated show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” if she
    would have sex with him.

    On Monday, Jamie Horowitz, a top executive at Fox Sports, was
    fired amid harassment complaints.

    Payne’s suspension came on the one-year anniversary of Carlson’s
    lawsuit. On Thursday, she tweeted: “A year ago tdy I jumped off
    a cliff w/o knowing what was below. Thx to all who supported me
    & even 2 those who didn't. #BeFierce #SpeakUp.”

    Debra Katz, an employment attorney in Washington who specializes
    in sexual harassment cases, said the continued claims against
    21st Century Fox show that the company still has work to do
    despite numerous steps to improve its work environment since the
    departure of Ailes.

    “It seems the atmosphere was so poisoned with sexual harassment
    that if you lift any rock you’re going to be able to find more,”
    Katz said.

    Katz added that she believes the company will continue to
    aggressively address the matter — especially because 21st
    Century Fox wants to complete its acquisition of European pay TV
    giant Sky. The company is still waiting for British regulators
    to approve the $15-billion transaction.

    “It’s going to be a long road, but as long as Fox wants the Sky
    deal to go through they are going to make every effort to deal
    with these issues head on,” Katz said.

    http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-charles-payne- fox-business-20170706-story.html

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